Online childbirth education videos
Childbirth education encourages women and their partners/support persons to know their options and make informed choices during pregnancy, labour and birth.
If you are booked to have your baby at the Women’s in Parkville or Sandringham, we invite you to watch our online childbirth education videos.
Presented by midwives and childbirth educators, these videos help inform and prepare expectant parents for labour, birth and early parenthood.
We’ve also included under each episode links to additional information and resources that you might find useful.
If you are booked to have your baby at the Women's in Parkville, you may also wish to view the Parkville maternity video tour.
Please note that due to COVID-19, some of the descriptions of care may be adapted for the current environment. For regular updates regarding any changes to care in pregnancy and during your hospital stay, visit our COVID-19 Information Hub.
A brief introduction to our Childbirth Education program (online edition), how to get to the Women’s and where to go when you come to the hospital.Learn more
So you’re going to have a baby!
It’s important to understand the needs and behaviours of newborns. Learn how babies communicate and relate to their world.Learn more
Prior to labour
One of the most important things you can do to prepare for labour is keep active, and work on your pelvic floor. Also learn about what to expect as you reach week 36 of your pregnancy.Learn more
All about labour
Learn about the three stages of labour and when to come into the Women’s.Learn more
Natural strategies to work with labour
Find out how you can work with pain in labour and the hormones that help. Also, advice for birth partners and a virtual tour of our Birth Centre.Learn more
Informed decision-making and medical pain management
As a patient you have rights and responsibilities, and it’s important to understand the informed consent process. Learn about medical pain management options available at the Women’s.Learn more
Common variations to spontaneous labour and birth
Sometimes intervention is required to support labour and birth. Learn about these different interventions, from the induction of labour through to caesarean births.Learn more
After your baby is born
Take a virtual tour of our Postnatal Ward. After the birth of your baby, your body will experience many changes. Some will be physical and some emotional. Learn about what to expect.Learn more
Caring for your baby
Learn about some of the tests and procedures your baby might undergo after birth, how to tune into their behaviour, and safety in the home.Learn more
Learning to breastfeed
Many women need help and support with breastfeeding. Once established, it can become one of the most enjoyable times for you and your baby.Learn more